Tel Aviv’s bike share program is a huge hit for tourists and locals alike. Just hop on one of those green bicycles!
You can pick up a bicycle and drop it off at one of the 200 bike share stations all over the city with no advance notification.
Known as TeloFun, Tel Aviv’s ecofriendly bike system is similar to the city bike rentals cropping up in cities around the world such as Paris, Boston, or Taipei (to name just a few).
It’s one of the easiest ways to get around town and discover Tel Aviv.
All you need is a credit card.
In old Jaffa alleyways were never meant for cars anyway!
Photo courtesy of planetgordon.com
There are 2,000 bicycles and over 100 kilometers of biking trails across Tel Aviv. You can bike all over the city.
Along tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard in the heart of Tel Aviv's Bauhaus White City.
In Tel Aviv's HaYarkon Park -
And of course, along along the Tel Aviv beach promenade, known as Hatayelet, which starts in old Jaffa and winkds its way up to the northern beaches of Tel Aviv.
The stations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can pick up your bike at one place and drop it off at another at one of the stations.
Some of the most popular rental stations that are located near tourist attractions are:
For a map in English that shows all the Tel Aviv designated bike routes and bike share stations, click here on the Tel Aviv TeloFun Link.
The bikes are all 3 gear and one-size only. They are equipped with lights, an adjustable seat and a small carrier in the back.
There are instructions in English. It's really easy but in case you get stuck, don't be shy about asking for help from a friendly Tel Aviv native.
There are two separate costs involved: a onetime access cost and a usage cost based on how much time you use a bike.
The onetime access rates are quite cheap. As of 2018, they are:
Besides the onetime access charge, there is a charge for the actual rental time. As of 2018, they are:
Note that when you start your rental, the system will block a larger sum on your credit card ON PURPOSE, and then when you return the bike, the overcharge will be deducted from the final amount.
Go to the Service Terminal at any bike share rental station and choose English.
After you swipe your credit card, you choose what type of subscription you want. After your selection, you will get a card with a printed barcode. You’ll also get a code which you can use for future rentals.
Choose your bike by noting the number written on the docking pole near that bike. Thats the number you will enter in the rental machine
You then go the bike itself and look for the small box on the left of the rear wheel. Open the box cover and press the ‘unlock’ icon. The cable tying the bike to the pole will unlock. Remove the cable from your bike and you’re ready to go.
You can return your rented bikes to any of the bike share stations with an available docking pole. You don’t need to return the bike to the same station you started at.
Just place the bike to the left of the empty docking pole, thread the cable properly through the right side of the small box near the back wheel to the other side of the week. Last but not least, press the locking button until you hear a ‘click.’ This is the only way to end rental clock from running.
If you wish, you can get a receipt from the service terminal for the subscription and for the rental usage time and a printout confirming the time of rental return.
For those of you who are considering returning and re-renting bicycles and bicycling at the cheaper rate for a shorter length of time, be careful! You need to wait 10 minutes until the rental meter resets. Otherwise, your subscription will be billed for the accumulated time of the two rental periods.
1. Delays in returning bikes will result in very high fees of thousands of shekels.
2. Before you choose a bike, double-check that the bicycle’s tires are full of air and that it seems in good order. The city makes somewhat of an effort to maintain the bikes but they are in constant use. Some people do complain about the service. So do make sure to check beforehand.
So long as you heed the advice, you should have a great time. Happy Cycling!
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